CHESTER, Pa. — The manager of the first-place team in the Eastern Conference will be around for at least two more seasons.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Union announced Jim Curtin has been signed to a two-year contract extension. Before the season, Curtin was signed to a one-year deal with Ernst Tanner taking over his first full season as sporting director .
“I’ve been here for roughly 10 months and I offered (Curtin) a contract for one more season to see how our partnership and relationship is going to continue and grow,” Tanner said at a press conference Wednesday. “After roughly half a season, he’s doing extraordinary work. I think Jim deserves this. He’s a great coach, a great leader in the locker room.”
“It’s been a very good partnership with Ernst and myself and it continues to grow,” Curtin said. “I think the players put a really good product on the field that the fans can be proud of. I owe a lot to them. The players, in the good times and bad, have really pushed themselves to get better.”
Curtin has risen through the coaching ranks with the club. He started with the Union academy, moved up to an assistant coach and was named head coach for the 2015 season after taking over on an interim basis for John Hackworth during the 2014 campaign.
The Union, currently in first place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points, are back on the field Saturday against Real Salt Lake.
“We still have a lot to achieve and a lot to work on,” Curtin said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to coach my hometown team, and again, the work won’t stop until we lift our first trophy.”